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Vintage Computer Federation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization existing for and led by computer history hobbyists.



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Mike Agranoff is a folk singer and lyric poet. In 1987 he published a tribute to John "Captain Crunch" Draper in 2600 magazine. He performed this poem and other technical-themed works live for the VCF East audience on May 14, 2011.
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Liza Loop — Computers in Education Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 Saturday, October 2, 1999 Liza heads up the LO*OP Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education through innovative thinking.  Liza introduced the first Apple into public schools in 1976 (in fact the first Apple 1, given to her by Steve Wozniak) and the world has never been the same since.  Liza will be bringing along the Apple 1 and other historic machines for show and tell. Vintage Computer Festival 3.0...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, LO*OP Center, computers in education
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VCFE 2018 Dave Riley Vintage Reverse Engineering
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VCF East 7.0 - Early Microcomputing in New Jersey & Beyond - Ahl, Amidon, Dilks, Moberg, Stein Panelists focus on their experiences as leaders of the microcomputer revolution in New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia. Panelists include David Ahl (editor of Creative Computing magazine), Roger Amidon (of Xitan / Technical Design Labs), Dick Moberg (founder of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society), John Dilks (Personal Computing Conference '76), and Larry Stein (owner of Computer Mart...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, computer history, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Dave Ahl,...
Stephen Edwards - Advanced 6502 Assembly Programming for the Apple II A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
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VCF West 2019: VCFW 2019 CadetWriter
Bob Roswell — Univac 490 at the System Source Computer Museum A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
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Steve Casner — IBM 1620 Jr. A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
VCF West 2019: VCFW 2019 Apollo Guidance Computer Simulation
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VCFE 2019 Jason Perkins Hard Drives and Vintage Systems
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David Rutland — National Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Sunday, September 27, 1998. Mr. Rutland will describe the National Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC) and will discuss his work under Harry D. Huskey to create the control unit for this little known but historically significant computer. The end of this presentation was not recorded due to technical issues. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, National Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer, SWAC, Harry D....
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VCFE 2019 Ian Primus CRTs 101
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Dwight Elvey — 4004 Electronic Maneuvering Board A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
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VCF 2020: Tanner Collins Dash8 FlyRight Flight Simulator
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Jim Willing — Care and Feeding of Classic Computers Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Sunday, September 27, 1998. A primer on the proper care and feeding of the computers in your collection, or how not to fry your new old toy. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. A small portion of this talk is missing due to changing cassette tapes. This has been marked with a beep. Vintage Computer Federation...
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David Ahl, the founder and editor of Creative Computing magazine, returns to VCF East in 2009 to discuss blunders in the history of personal computing. Subjects will include DEC's declining to produce a PC until it was too late, Gary Kildall's ignoring IBM, Ziff-Davis proclaiming the home market had peaked out in 1985, Atari's death because of unwillingness to pay Apple a license fee, and much more. A talk given at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 on September 13, 2009.
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Manny Lemas — Synertek and the SYM-1 single-board computer Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Saturday, September 26, 1998. Manny will discuss his pioneering work in the early days of the microcomputer revolution, including publication of the Microcomputer Digest, and his involvement with Synertek in designing and marketing the SYM-1 single-board computer. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. Vintage...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, SYM-1 single-board computer, Synertek
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Jim Willing — Introduction to Vintage Computers, How They Work, and What To Do When They Don't Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 Saturday, October 2, 1999 Our admired and beloved VCF Celebrity, Jim will wax philosophic on various themes of stupendous relevance. This year, Jim will help the aspiring vintage computer collector restore their machines to operating condition with "Debugging for Dummies". Jim Willing will give you tips to help you revive ancient copies of your favorite...
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VCFE 2018 Jeff Salzman Emulating MOBIDIC
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Bruce Damer — Birth of the GUI Vintage Computer Festival — October 26, 2002 Bruce will discuss the major lineages and fascinating story behind the birth of the graphical user interface (GUI) and desktop metaphor, paradigms we are all very much locked into today. Starting with the work of Douglas Engelbart's team at SRI he will take you on a journey through the innovative "bean bag chair" days at Xerox PARC through to the Alto and Star 8010 and their successors, the Apple Lisa,...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, GUI, computer history, graphical user interface, digibarn, desktop...
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Don Caselli wrote software and supported customers for the Monrobot XI computer from 1965 - 1972. He will discuss the machine, its software development, and customer applications. A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 7.0 on May 15, 2011.
Topics: Don Caselli, Vintage Computer Festival, Monrobot XI, minicomputer, mainframe, computer history, VCF...
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Edwin El-Kareh - How the Architecture of Vintage Electromechanical Computers Still Strongly Influences the Design of Today’s Computers Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Saturday, October 25th, 1997 Edwin’s experience with computers began by falling asleep at night to the soothing sounds of a Teletype ASR-33 being used by his father in the living room of their house to run jobs on a GE 626 mainframe. The GE was the first timeshare computer and Edwin’s father could only get the large blocks of...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Electromechanical Computers
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Brian Stuart — The Eniac A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
VCFPNW 2018 Cynde Moya Exploring software and operating systems on time sharing vintage computers at Living Computer Museum and Labs
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Bob Zeidman – Was Microsoft built from stolen goods?  A forensic analysis of DOS and CP/M. A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West XI on August 6, 2016.
Topics: CP/M, MS-DOS, Microsoft, computer history, Vintage Computer Festival, Gary Kidall, Bill Gates
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Brian Stuart — Bugs in the ENIAC Technical Manual A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
VCF 2020: Eric Siegel and Dave Hunter Serial Terminals: New and Old
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VCFE 9.1 2014 Overview Montage
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VCF 2020: David Gesswein PDP 8i with peripherals and Calcomp 563 Plotter
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VCF 2020: Wil Lindsay Chip 8 Old Tech in a New Light
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VCFE 2019 Bryan Caudle Whats NeXT
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VCFE 2019 Alex Jacocks Unusual Unixes
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VCF 2020: Jason Perkins Printer Time
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VCF West 2019: VCFW 2019 Dag Spicer Welcome Comments
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VCF 2020: Thom Cherryhomes #FujiNet in 15 Minutes
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VCFW 2018 Dag Spicer CHM State of the State
A presentation by Bill Degnan at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 on September 13, 2009.
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, homebrew computing, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, computer history
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Sellam Ismail of Vintage Tech (and founder of Vintage Computer Festival) on an unknown radio program. 
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, VintageTech, Sellam Ismail
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Panel Discussion — Why Do We Collect? Jim Willing, Bruce Lane, Marvin Johnston, Stephen Stone, Frank McConnell Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Saturday, October 25th, 1997 A portion of this talk is missing due to changing cassette tapes. This has been marked with a beep. Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 took place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California on October 25-26, 1997. Vintage Computer Federation (http://vcfed.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, collecting computers
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When John Mauchly designed the ENIAC with Pres Eckert, he wasn’t just helping the Army get a job done. He wanted that machine to use for his own scientific pursuits. I’ll tell the story of Mauchly’s lifelong pursuit of a “personal” computer starting with the ENIAC, weighing in at 30 tons, all the way to his beloved TRS-80. Along the way, we’ll have to straighten out some history, find out where the ENIAC is now, and recount some of the amusing and twisted tales from the era of...
Topics: Bill Mauchly, Vintage Computer Festival, VCF East, computer history, ENIAC, John Mauchly, Pres...
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VCFW 2018 Bob Zeidman History of Digital Game IP
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VCF 2020: Stephen A. Edwards Inside the Apple II
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VCF 2020: CRT Repair with Ian Primus
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VCFE 2018 Jason Perkins Apple Lisa 101
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VCF 2020: Kay Savetz @Atari8BitBot and @AppleIIBot
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VCF 2020: Thom Cherryhomes Programming with #FujiNet
VCFE 2019 Tony Bogan Basic Apple II Repair and Restoration
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Lincoln Spector Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Author of the popular computer humor column "Gigglebytes" and Contributing Editor to PC World Lincoln Spector was introduced to the computer industry in 1983, when he watched his first computer, an Osborne 1, drop in value from $1500 to $200 within weeks of buying it.  After that experience, there was no option left but to become a humorist. Gigglebytes made its debut in the August 12, 1986 issue of San...
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VCFW 2017 Resurrecting Habitat
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VCFE 2019 Homebrew Computing Panel Discussion
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Andy Geppert — Core64 A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
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Hans Franke — XML Vintage Computer Festival — October 27, 2002 Hans will give a talk on how to use XML to archive data from old program disks, cassette tapes, etc.
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, XML
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Stephen Stone - The Life and Times of Kaypro Computers Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 took place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California on October 25-26, 1997. Stephen Stone, Clinical Social Worker, is a psychotherapist, computer consultant and purveyor of palmtop computers. He was one of the original members of the Santa Barbara KayPro Users Group formed in 1983 and is a current member of the Santa Barbara Classic...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Kaypro computer
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Lee Felsenstein — Why does vintage computing matter? Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, computer history, Vintage Computing
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Al Alcorn, Steve Russell, Don Woods — Early Computer Gaming panel Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
Topics: video game history, pong, colossal cave adventure, spacewar, space war, Atari, computer history
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VCFE 2018 Cynde Moya Software Preservation
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Fred Carl, founder and executive director of the InfoAge Science Center, talks about new developments at the center, and information about the museum in general. A talk given at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 on September 13, 2009.
Topics: Camp Evans, InfoAge Science Center, Vintage Computer Festival East, New Jersey
VCF West 2019: VCFW 2019 Corey Cohen Apple 1 Live Demonstration
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VCFW 2018 The Friendly Orange Glow
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Bob Brubaker — IBM 704 Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 Sunday, October 1, 2000 Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 was held at Parkside Hall in San Jose, California on  September 30th and October 1st, 2000. Vintage Computer Federation (http://vcfed.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization existing for and led by computer history hobbyists. Tapes digitized by Kevin Savetz (http://twitter.com/kevinSavetz) in September 2016.
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VCFPNW 2018 Charles Anthony The DPS8 M Emulator A Personal History
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MOBIDIC was a computer designed by Sylvania in 1956 for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, for which much of the engineering was performed at the Evans Signal Laboratory -- the same lab which now houses the VCF venue! The computer fit into the back of a truck and its design anticipated many later developments in computing and communications. Mr. Humphrey, working for Sylvania, wrote the original proposal and led the design of its logic. He then spent 27 years at IBM. A talk by Watts Humphrey at...
Topics: Watts Humphrey, MOBIDIC, computer history, Vintage Computer Festival, VCF East, Sylvania, U.S. Army...
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VCF 2020: Bob Roswell Early Calculating Devices
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VCFW 2018 Cecelia Botta BasicNet Archive
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VCF 2020: Ethan Dicks 6502: The First Five Years
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Frank Palazzolo — Emulation of Vintage Computers Vintage Computer Festival — October 26, 2002 The pace of the digital revolution has a dark side. Vintage computers become rarer and harder to maintain every day. It is a sad fact that many folks will never get the chance to see a vintage computer, let alone interact with one. Luckily, the same digital technology allows us to re-create a lot of that experience exactly, through emulation.  With some programming background, access to the right...
Topics: Emulation of Vintage Computers, Vintage Computer Festival, emulation
VCF 2020: Bil Herd and Dave Haynie Commodore Show and Tell
Christine Finn – Motherboards and Mother Lodes: Evolving Archaeology of the Digital Age Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, archaeology, computer history
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Christine Finn — "Ada's Things" Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 Sunday, October 1, 2000 Christine is an archaeologist. So how did her research lead her to vintage computing? Christine is currently studying the Silicon Valley and the effects it has had in bringing about a global transformation in the way we live. Her talk at the VCF is called "Ada's Things" which looks at ways that computing artifacts can help piece together computer history. Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 was...
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VCF 2020: Ethan O'Toole Yamaha C1 Music Computer
VCF West 2019: VCFW 2019 Apple 1 Owners Panel Discussion Moderated by Corey Cohen
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VCFE 9.1 2014 Internet Archive Jason Scott
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VCFE 2018 Chris Fala Introduction to Logic Circuits
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VCFE 2018 Herb Johnson Cassette Storage